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Be Yourself When Praying

October 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Manna

lightstock_80434_medium_user_3844373Prayer is one of things that sustains us in our walk with Christ. It is communion with God. There have been times when I’ve had a vibrant prayer life and times when it was hanging by a thread. I’ve read countless devotionals, books, and heard sermons on how and when to pray. I’ve read about the prayer lives of Christians in times past and tried to copy their style, sadly to say it didn’t work. I greatly appreciate the wealth of information about how to pray and when to pray, but when I’m in despair or have an urgent request that information doesn’t seem to help at all. So, I just decided to be myself when talking to God. Sometimes my prayers are short; sometimes they’re longer. Sometimes I ramble; sometimes I’m eloquent. Sometimes, I pray silently; other times loudly. I used to feel guilty if I didn’t spend hours with the Lord, but I’m past that now. I make the best of the time I do spend with Him and not worry how I measure up to other Christians.

Prayer doesn’t need a formula. We just need to be willing to talk with God and listen for His voice, no matter how long or short a time we spend with Him. The Lord has made us unique in a variety of ways and our uniqueness will influence the way we pray. We need not mimic anyone else. However, I’m sure there are some Christians whose prayer life has flourished because they had a model. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. For some of us, we just need to be ourselves. In the end, connecting with Jesus is most important.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

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